PORAC Law Enforcement News Articles

Capitol Beat – End-of-Session Report

On Friday, August 31, the Legislature adjourned the final half of its 2017–18 session. Governor Brown has until midnight on September 30 to sign or veto the multitude of bills that have just been sent to him. If he does not take action on a bill, it automatically becomes law without his signature. Read More »

Federal Legislation – PORAC Engages on PEPTA

In June, Representative Devin Nunes (R-22nd-San Joaquin Valley) reintroduced the Public Employee Pension Transparency Act (PEPTA), H.R. 6290. As the legislation could negatively impact the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), PORAC President Brian Marvel sent a letter to Nunes in August to make him aware of the organization’s concerns. Read More »

Capitol Beat – Assembly Bill 931

Aaron Read and Randy Perry Legislative Advocates Aaron Read & Associates, LLC PORAC and the advocates at Aaron Read & Associates (ARA) have lobbied against AB 931 with a diligence that reflects the seriousness of this bill. AB 931 will result in more deaths of officers and the public. If passed, this bill puts everyone […] Read More »

Federal Legislation – What SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Means for Law Enforcement

In late June, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court, effective July 31. Justice Kennedy was known as the swing vote in a number of decisions. Though often considered a conservative justice, he sided with the Court’s liberals on key social issues, such as abortion, gay rights and affirmative action. With respect to law enforcement, however, his legacy is mixed. Read More »

The Need to Move

The Need to Move – Developing Conditional Awareness by Changing the Training Environment. The Santa Barbara Co Sheriff’s Office created a training environment that replicates the conditions of a real-world pedestrian bridge. Read More »

Capitol Beat – The Ballot’s Dozen

“As the people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived, it seems strictly consonant to the republican theory to recur to the same original authority … whenever it may be necessary to enlarge, diminish, or new-model the powers of government.” — James Madison, fourth U.S. president, The Federalist No. 49 Read More »

Federal Legislation – Supreme Court Restricts Cellphone Searches and Union Dues

This month’s column includes updates on the status of federal funding of justice grant programs and opioid legislation, and discusses the U.S. Supreme Court decisions holding that (1) police must obtain a warrant before accessing cellphone records and (2) teachers, police officers and other public employees cannot be forced to pay dues or fees to support their unions. Also, this month’s issue features a guest column (see page 34) from Representative Raul Ruiz (D-36) discussing H.R. 5060, bipartisan legislation he has introduced to update the Public Safety Officers’ Benefit (PSOB) Program to provide additional support to the families of fallen or disabled officers. PORAC carried the issue during the May fly-in and has been an active supporter of the bill. Read More »

2018 PORAC Scholarship Winners

REGION I Bay Area Chapter Jason Wentz, President   Sienna Dunakin Currently attending: Ohio State University PORAC member: Mark Dunakin, Oakland POA (EOW: March 21, 2009) Parents: Mark and Angela Dunakin   Alexis Massey Graduated from: Los Gatos High School PORAC member: William Massey, San Mateo County OSS Parents: William Massey and Andrea Westrum   Allyson McBroom […] Read More »

Capitol Beat – PORAC’s Priorities

By the time you read this, the Legislature will likely be in summer recess. When they return on August 6, there will only be four weeks left of the 2017–2018 legislative session. PORAC, along with Aaron Read & Associates (ARA), will be busy over the next several weeks working to support, oppose or amend legislation. Read More »

Federal Legislation – Legislators, Supreme Court Focus on Law Enforcement

Law enforcement initiatives have once again become the talk of Washington. Both the House and Senate have passed (or are actively reviewing) legislation to address prison reform and law enforcement grant funding. The Supreme Court has also jumped into the fray, restricting police authority to conduct warrantless searches of rental cars and vehicles in driveways.  Read More »